According to the US Attorney's office and the Department of Investigation, Rabbi Leib Glanz—the former Department of Corrections chaplain who you might remember from such stories as that crazy six-hour jailhouse bar mitzvah he threw for a wealthy inmate's son—and his brother Menashe spent the last fifteen years running the largest tenant fraud on the DOI's books [PDF]. Between 1996 and September 2011, the brothers are said to have schemed to steal $200,000 from the government's coffers. The pair turned themselves in voluntarily yesterday.
According to the complaint the Glanz brothers, who each face a maximum of 15 years in prison, defrauded the government slowly but surely. First off, Menashe applied for and got Section Eight public housing benefits for an apartment in 1996 that he promptly moved out of so that Leib could live there. Second, the US Attorney's office says that Leib previously, and illegally, signed documents with the New York City Housing Authority on behalf of the landlord of the Section Eight apartment, the United Talmudical Academy.
Regarding the case, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement, "Leib and Menashe Glanz engaged in a years-long subterfuge to take criminal advantage of federal housing subsidies. Especially in these trying economic times, we cannot tolerate stealing from the public."
In the past few years the former powerbroker Leib Glanz has gotten quite good at getting into trouble. Besides that Tombs Bar Mitzvah (spooky, scary!) the Post busted him two years ago for using a parking placard he was not authorized to use.
So, if he is found guilty and goes to jail, will anybody throw him a party?